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Are We Afraid to Empower Our Employees?

Posted by Ian Porzondek

Sep 5, 2022 5:38:33 AM

The team at Saint Clair Systems recently visited a well-known, highly regarded company that supplies automotive components. (The name of the company - or even the component they make - isn’t relevant to this story. What we saw there likely happens every day in the workplace in some way or another.)

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Topics: Viscosity, Fluid dispensing systems, Temperature control, coil coating, Industrial finishing, Coating Technology, automotive painting, can coating

Temperature & Viscosity Control – NOT REQUIRED!

Posted by Mark Portelli

Jun 25, 2020 2:34:25 PM

Someone recently asked me which applications are the most challenging for us when implementing viscosity and temperature control systems. When I thought about it for a second, it came to me. Dealing with viscosity and temperature variation is easy. We have been doing it for over thirty years. Installing, implementing and optimizing our systems is very straightforward. Making the decision on whether you should install one of our systems is the challenging part.

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Topics: Viscosity, Temperature control

Can Temperature Change Disrupt My Fixed Displacement Dispensing System?

Posted by Mike Bonner

Dec 4, 2019 9:50:00 AM

In this series we’ve been discussing the impact of changes in fluid properties, specifically viscosity, on the performance of robotic fixed displacement dispensing systems.  In the first installment, “Fixed Displacement Dispensing Doesn’t Guarantee Fixed Results”, we examined common dispensing defects, contrasting those that can be readily addressed through the implementation of a robotic fixed displacement dispensing system, and those that are the result of changes in physical fluid properties, which prove to be more resilient.

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Topics: Viscosity, Manufacturing, Fluid dispensing systems, Point of Application, fluid process control, Can / Container, viscometry, temperature control systems

The State of Industrial Robotic Painting in 2018

Posted by Mike Bonner

Oct 29, 2018 4:12:25 PM

The robotic industry is growing by leaps and bounds. According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), 2017 was another record-breaking year. Last year, shipments were up 9 percent over the previous year. It was the seventh straight year North American robot shipments increased.

This year forecasts to be similar, continuing that upward trend.

The industrial robotic painting sector is no different. The same factors that are driving growth in the overall robotics market are driving growth in the industrial robotic painting segment.

For good reason.

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Topics: Viscosity, automotive painting, Paint Temperature Control Series, paint temperature control, automotive paint finishing

Guns vs. Bells: How to Choose an Applicator

Posted by Mike Bonner

Mar 18, 2018 4:04:00 PM

Editor’s Note: Our VP of Engineering & Technology Mike Bonner recently spoke at the 2018 Waterborne Symposium held in New Orleans, LA. His presentation went in-depth on the differences in atomization between spray guns and bell atomizers, shedding light on how paint finishers can further improve their applications. For those not in attendance, he’s also prepared his insights here for our blog as a series of posts. To view the rest of the posts in the series, visit the Guns vs. Bells blog series page.  For a video of this presentation, sign up to follow our YouTube Channel.

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Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, Guns vs Bells Series

Guns vs. Bells: The Impact of Ambient Conditions on Particle Temperature

Posted by Mike Bonner

Mar 15, 2018 2:47:00 PM

Editor’s Note: Our VP of Engineering & Technology Mike Bonner recently spoke at the 2018 Waterborne Symposium held in New Orleans, LA. His presentation went in-depth on the differences in atomization between spray guns and bell atomizers, shedding light on how paint finishers can further improve their applications. For those not in attendance, he’s also prepared his insights here for our blog as a series of posts. To view the rest of the posts in the series, visit the Guns vs. Bells blog series page.  Also, watch for the video of that presentation, arriving soon on our YouTube Channel.

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Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, Guns vs Bells Series

Guns vs. Bells: Testing the Differences in the Lab with Carlisle

Posted by Mike Bonner

Mar 11, 2018 4:03:57 PM

Editor’s Note: Our VP of Engineering & Technology Mike Bonner recently spoke at the 2018 Waterborne Symposium held in New Orleans, LA. His presentation went in-depth on the differences in atomization between spray guns and bell atomizers, shedding light on how paint finishers can further improve their applications. For those not in attendance, he’s also prepared his insights here for our blog as a series of posts. To view the rest of the posts in the series, visit the Guns vs. Bells blog series page.  Also, watch for the video of this presentation to be loaded soon on our YouTube page.

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Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, Guns vs Bells Series

Guns vs. Bells: Similarities & Differences

Posted by Mike Bonner

Mar 8, 2018 2:56:00 PM

Editor’s Note: Our VP of Engineering & Technology Mike Bonner recently spoke at the 2018 Waterborne Symposium held in New Orleans, LA. His presentation went in-depth on the differences in atomization between spray guns and bell atomizers, shedding light on how paint finishers can further improve their applications. For those not in attendance, he’s also prepared his insights here for our blog as a series of posts. To view future posts in the series, check the Guns vs. Bells blog series page over the following weeks on Thursdays and Sundays.  Also, watch for the recording of this presentation to be put up on our YouTube channel shortly…

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Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, Guns vs Bells Series

Guns vs. Bells: Going In-Depth

Posted by Mike Bonner

Mar 4, 2018 1:02:00 PM

Editor’s Note: Our VP of Engineering & Technology Mike Bonner recently spoke at the 2018 Waterborne Symposium held in New Orleans, LA. His presentation went in-depth on the differences in atomization between spray guns and bell atomizers, shedding light on how paint finishers can further improve their applications.

For those not in attendance, he’s prepared his insights here for our blog as a series of posts. To view future posts in the series, check the Guns vs. Bells blog series page over the following weeks on Thursdays and Sundays.  The presentation was recorded and will be also available on our YouTube channel in the not-too-distant future.  Stay tuned for that announcement!

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Topics: Viscosity, paint and coating, Guns vs Bells Series

5 Things That Really Great Printers Do

Posted by Mark Portelli

Feb 11, 2018 1:11:00 PM


Norcross has been in the viscosity control business for over 80 years. During that time we have seen “best practices” in the industry come and go. Some have become the standard and some have been displaced by new practices or technologies.

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Topics: Viscosity

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